Want some canned Japanese idol air? Smartphone virtual crane game offering exactly that as prize

Here’s your chance to breathe the rarefied air of AKB48, Japan’s highest-flying idol mega group.

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Cat in the desert becomes latest optical illusion to wow the internet in Japan

Even the pet’s owner was surprised to look down and see the cat become part of the environment like this.

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Ellen Baker, Japan’s anime-style English textbook teacher, gets turned into a huggy pillow

With or without permission from her creators, someone is ready to provide in-bed companionship for everyone who’s hot for teacher, as long as that teacher is Ellen-sensei.

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Advanced otaku: How to make a still-illustration manga girl’s boobs jiggle 【Video】

Quickly and easily add a bit of salacious animation to your 2-D crush using things you’ve got in your kitchen.

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Parents abandon seven-year-old son in mountains of Japan “because he wouldn’t listen”

Search for child lost in Hokkaido still ongoing.

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Can you spot the hidden darkness in this Japanese dating service ad?

Inadvertent or not, it’s a sobering reminder that not all relationships last forever.

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Japanese bonsai trees made from paper stay beautiful without water or pruning

If you have trouble keeping plants alive, these are the bonsai for you.

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Japan’s train conductors would like to remind everyone not to attack them

Apparently people in Japan are finding it harder and harder not to assault their friendly neighborhood train station staff as incidents of assault are on the rise.

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Japanese retailer Felissimo brings cute from the oceans with adorable deep sea creature pouches

You don’t have to be a marine biologist to fall in love with these unusual specimens.

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Off-beat yukata shop Tsukikageya releases new line with adorable kitty and bear prints

The unique yukata shop we visited last year is at it again. This time their line-up is less scary and much more adorable!

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Twitter user posts video of swarming bunnies on Rabbit Island, we all wish we were there

“Ahhh! Attack of the Buns!”

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Now you can have churrasco style barbecue as rice cracker snacks!

The tasty rice crackers known as Kaki no Tane (literally “persimmon seeds”) have long been a favorite Japanese snack, but would you be willing to trying them in this bold new flavor?

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Japan creates Umeboshi Pickled Plum and Takuan Pickled Radish colas to pair with rice dishes

The unusual new flavours are designed to go down well with traditional Japanese meals.

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Fortune smiles upon thee, Sir Sato. Thou hast found the 30th Anniversary Dragon Quest sake

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the legendary RPG series Dragon Quest, a limited edition bottle of sake is released. But for Sir Sato, a hangover draws near!

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Curious cats are scared of vacuum cleaner, but brave enough to take an adorable peek 【Pics】

“Guys… there’s a monster in our house cleaning the floor!”

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McDonald’s Japan offers customers the chance to win a chicken nugget made from 18-karat gold

The gold prize is part of a new campaign that involves searching for clues left by a yellow-suited “Nugget Thief” at stores around the country.

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This artist will wow you with a skillful modern twist on kirie, traditional Japanese cutout art

Why draw pictures when you can CUT pictures?

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Father and son dissect a gachapon capsule toy machine to show us its magical insides【Video】

Don’t try this at home! And especially don’t try it at a gachapon store!

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Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan? – Breakfast buffet edition

Is there a better way to start your day than with a nice plate of Italian wind salad and “near the broil with salt?”

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Foreign press greeted by unusually conspicuous ninjas at G7 summit

Normally you wouldn’t see a ninja until it’s too late…

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